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. but the bottom line is that we have raised these issues. >> reporter: former president bill clinton tells cnn gross' imprisonment is halting improvement in relations with cuba. >> you can't expect us to do much more now unless there's some resolution of some of these human rights issues. >> now, the state department says that u.s. officials visit alan gross monthly. they say the last visit was november 27th. next one that they're asking for is december 26th. and they insist that he remains a top priority and they're working it diplomatically. wolf? >> jill dougherty with that back ground. thanks, jill, very much. joining us is judy gross, the wife of alan gross. judy, thanks very much for coming. >> thanks for having any. >> four years. how emotional is this for you? four years, your husband being held in cuba. >> it's emotional. it's very -- causes me a lot of anger i would have to say right now. i'm angry at the u.s. government. i'm angry at the cuban government. totally frustrated for this lack of action that alan is still in the same situation he was for four years. >> i understand your a
by the president that they could. bill clinton said he should honor that promise while his wife was somewhere staying silent. in the years to come, what you'll see is probably the former president, bill clinton, doing a lot of the dirty work to provide that separation and distance. at what point is she going to give, you know, senate democrats running in red states up for re-election in '14 or '16 cover, you know, she's going to have to go out there. she'll either agree that the policies are not popular with their constituents and need revisiting or she has to back up the president. i think that's going to be challenging for her. i think she's more likely to stay quiet. >> kevin, on the subject of cover, a.b. just brought it up there, the comments from bill clinton about obama care, when the former president said the current president should honor its commitment to allow people to keep their health care plans. let's play it once more, just for feeling. >> so i personally believe even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to thos
were called the most heartless people of all time. we passed it over two bill clinton wes to. he signed at any time third time. most everybody said that it was a great success. even people for children's defense fund said the most heinous things about us. that's one side of the argument. the other side of the argument is that and this is -- something i'm debating between myself so please some acting so shocked and stunned. there are real policy -- >> i'm trying to understand. >> i just explained the first part to you. people like you said we were hateful human beings back in 1996. >> for the record i was in favor of that and we did it before bill clinton. >> the second part really quickly is, second part is this is a recession unlike most recessions, and i can tell you when my father was unemployed in the recession in the early 1970s and getting $40 a week for mississippi for unemployment benefits and got one bag of groceries and fill up one tank of gas, if somebody had told us over that year and a half and my danielle adams was driving around the southeast with all of us trying to find
, there are rumours that dig gnat ris would be present. chief among them, former president bill clinton. >> nelson mandela's prays for castro and others outraged some. african-americans led a boycott called the quiet riot. >> at the time many people in the african american community were so disgusted they said they were ashamed of their city. a total of six leaders rebuffed nelson mandela during the freedom tour in the united states in 1990. we would have loved to have spoken to the leaders 20 years later. they didn't speak to us. we spoke to a prominent african american leader and the man who put an end to the nonsense in his city. he told me that that year, the city of miami gave the keys of the city to robo cop, but refused to gave the keys to the city to a man who become one of the most transformant figures in history. >> when i became mayor the whole thing seemed - that they removed to issue a proclamation which they gave to the corner bartender if he opened a new store. >> but six mayors and the governor denounced him after he thanked castro, yasser arafat, and libyan president muammar gadda
political panel in the green room. it's been more than four decades since bill clinton's carefree days as a students. he was asked once again about that time. he didn't inhale, his answer was still hazy, aren't we past this as a nation? >> no, i think it still needs to be a high priority for us. and it all depends on what your definition of inhale is. [ female announcer ] thanks for financing my first car. thanks for giving me your smile. thanks for inspiring me. thanks for showing me my potential. for teaching me not to take life so seriously. thanks for loving me and being my best friend. don't forget to thank those who helped you take charge of your future and got you where you are today. the boss of your life. the chief life officer. ♪ the chief life officer. i know. great gas mileage, this is nice. and it's fun to drive. well you know that beats great mileage or being fun to drive. yeah, that'd be like someone being loud or clear. we need to slap the slippery fish right in the gill hole! happy time feed bag! frog face! cement leg! that's weird. i like "and" better. yeah. "and" i
. >>> we'll hear from president bill clinton. >>> motor city master pieces. the latest on possibly selling artwork opened by detroit. could it pull the city it of bankruptcy, and should it? >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "weekends with alex wit witt". president obama surging congress to extend benefits for 1.3 million workers. they are set to expire just three days after christmas. >> if congress refuses to act it won't just hurt families already struggling. it will actually harm our economy. unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways there is to boost our economy. when people have money to spend on basic necessities, that means more customers for our businesses and ultimately more jobs. >> the republicans are focusing on obama care. >> families who work hard and play by the rules deserve some basic choices, fairness and relief. that's why the house has passed legislation to delay the individual mandate for all americans and let you keep the plan you like. these proposals are among the dozens of jobs bill awaiting action in the democratic-run senate. >>> good news on
jimmy carter and former president bill clinton and mrs. clinton are expected at the funeral next sunday. wednesday through friday, he will lie in state in the nation's legislative capital. next sunday, the state funeral in his hometown on the eastern cape. his long-time friend and lawyer, george bizos. >> he will go down in history, i think, as the revolutionary who didn't believe in violence. >> reporter: earlier today, we had our first public sighting of winnie mandela, his former wife and partner in the dark days of apartheid. tomorrow will be quiet. on tuesday, the gathering like the world has never seen before, as dignitaries from around the globe gather to say farewell to nelson mandela. bianna? >> a week of mourning, reflection, and celebration. our thanks to you. >>> nelson mandela has a large and complicated family tree with over a dozen grandchildren. some of them opened up to reena ninan in a rare interview in south africa and she's here to tell us about it. good morning, reena. >> reporter: good morning to you, bianna. that's right. 17 grandkids and 3 wives. everyone vying f
to be here during these ten days of mourning. they include u.s. presidents barack obama, george w. bush, bill clinton, and jimmy carter. queen elizabeth ii will be represented by her son, prince charles. french president holland e will be here also. a logistical challenge ahead for the government. what does the week ahead look like? on tuesday we will see our first formal memorial service for the late president at fnb stadium. it seats 95,000 but the government in an effort to allow as many people as possible to take part in festivities, if can you call it that, will have 90 screens around the country, broadcasting what will take place on tuesday. wednesday through thursday, nelson mandela's body will lay in state. each morning his body will go on precession of sorts through the capital, allowing south africans to bid farewell. all of that ahead of nelson mandela returning to his ancestral homeland next weekend. there will be a ka traditional funeral for him on saturday ending in state funeral for him on sunday. really an entire country coming together to pay thanks to one man who helped unif
-apartheid icon. former presidents george w bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter also expected to attend. george herbert walker bush will be the only living u.s. president not to attend. they will join tens of thousands of mourners at the stadium. a cockroach possessing powers to withstand harsh winter has made itself at home in new york city. home in new york city. ♪ could it be? ♪ no presents beneath the tree? ♪ ♪ wait a minute, now i see ♪ my gifts are above me ♪ that's my kind of holiday [ whistling wi ] don't worr santa will finus. ♪ [ female announcer ]his christmas, light santa'say with the hallmar santa signal ornent. only avaable at hallmark gold crown sres. ♪ i picked it out in a snap ♪ what made it genius ♪ was my camouflage wrap ♪ that's my kind of holiday pretty incredible video. take a look. it looks like an unlucky place to have parked a car in plano, texas. but it didn't happen just once. the sheets of ice and snow on rooftops got so big and heavy, mini avalanches fell to the street. take a look at some of the damage it caused. across the country, the weathe
, as well from the ntsb. other news we're following, the former president of the united states bill clinton weighs in on the latest obama care developments. president clinton recently said president obama should keep his promise, let people keep their doctors and insurance plans. so what is his latest assessment of the affordable care act? juan carlos lopez of cnn espanol is just back from a one-on-one interview with clinton. how did it go? what did he say about obama care, juan carlos? >> wolf it, went very well. the president on his way to of brazil, clinton global initiative. we did speak about what he said about obama care. i guess this is obama care 2.0 launched today, this is what he said about his previous statement and been possible future problems within health reform. >> is it because you are setting the way for mrs. clinton to run, and second, are the problems with obama care limited to the website? >> the answer to the first question is no. first of all, i said nothing about this. not one word until the president himself spoke. and it was obvious to me listening to him that he w
of state, the present president, the former president bill clinton, former secretary of state hillary clinton, and most americans in the leadership, settlements,that increasing settlements are not in the interest of finding an agreement between israelis and palestinians. where do you come down on that, and where do you come down on as a capital?lem >> you are asking my personal opinion? >> your personal. and -- personal opinion. >> my right-wing hawkish friends are going to be very mad. i am going to tell you that jerusalem is already divided. jews don't go to the arab sections or very rarely go. when they go, they get stones throw at them -- thrown at them. so i believe that the clinton parameters are the right parameters. swaps.ers, territory >> the same equivalency. >> exactly. 67 borders with territory swaps, dividing jerusalem and finding some arrangement so that jews can go to the holiest place in the jewish religion. jews are not allowed to go to the temple mount because the mosque is there. that is outrageous. faces of worship should be open to everybody who wants to worship.
and bill clinton, along with former secretary of state hillary clinton are also attending. the massive memorial service, perhaps the largest honestly in history scheduled for tuesday in johannesburg's fnb stadium where president obama is expected to sta speak. a funeral will be in nelson mandela's hometown. here's live pictures from south africa where a prayer service is being held at the nelson mandela foundation hosted by archbishop desmond tutu. >>> ron allen about a half hour away in soreto. >> reporter: yes, here we are across the street from the nelltnel nelson mandela family home. you can see there's a street party that continues on now for several days since mr. mandela's death was announced on thursday evening here. the street has been filling with marchers, with choirs, with schoolchildren, with ordinary people who have come from far and near to be here, to be part of a celebration of mr. mandela's life. all of this is perhaps a day of anticipation because tomorrow about a mile or so from here, that huge soccer stadium that seats some 80,000 people, there will be countless pe
a return visit to his former prison cell, this time accompanied by president bill clinton, who later presented him with the congressional gold medal. mandela stepped down as president in 1999, but he lived long enough to see the united states elect its own black president. >> so help me god. >> reporter: and in 2011 he was paid a visit in south africa by first lady michelle obama who brought along first daughters malia and sasha. admired around the world and revered at home, nelson mandela's south africa embraced a multiracial future and re-entered the family of nations. he leaves a legacy of freedom and proof that one life can make a difference. >> we are one country, we are one people. >> reporter: brian williams, nbc news, new york. >>> we'll have much more on mandela's death in just a moment, but first, a massive winter storm is blasting its way across much of the country. in oklahoma, a number of accidents have been reported due to the recent snow accumulation. temperatures in missouri hit so low that roads became sheets of ice leaving drivers sliding all over the place. now for
obama, the first lady will aten, as will former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter. mandela will lie in state for three days in the capital. before he's finally laid to rest after a state funeral in his home village of qunu. alexsnú( marquardt, abc news, johannesburg. >> defense secretary chuck hagel is in pakistan this morning. the first pentagon chief to visit since early 2010. he meets with a powerful new general and will then hold talks with the prime minister. things have been some what better lately. >>> lawmakers are demanding answers after the pentagon ordered russian-made helicopters for afghan security forces. a study shows the russian helicopters were superior. documents obtained by the associated press show just the opposite. the report said the boeing chinoo can helicopter, american made, was the most effective over the long haul. >>> in california, friends and friends of paul walker remembered the late star. many of them brought flowers. a lot of fans drove their high-performance cars. he died last weekend in the fiery crash of a high-performance porsche. the
to the inaugural of bill clinton. he had great affection and respect and admiration for bill and hillary clinton. i was an advanced person back during those days. i helped to escort him around. my good friend, yolanda, who was in that picture, it was a great moment. later i had an opportunity to go to south africa and other places to help train workers and volunteers who would conduct the first multiracial elections in south africa. he was authentic. he was a giant. you know, when you were around him, you felt very special. he was joyful. he had a sense of humor, but there was this dignity about him, this strength about him. i will always remember his grace and his courage. >> and to donna's point, john, i want to bring you in. she talks about him being a giant. .headlines, these are one of the days you are looking at the headlines. "usa today" saying the death of a giant. you were there when nelson mandela was inaugurated in 1994. you've also covered many world events but you will never forget that moment. why? >> professionally it was the most powerful thing i've ever seen in my life. i say profe
. name someone who was able to do it. it alluded past presidents. bill clinton gave it a shot and wasn't able to do it. to go back to this idea how the president had to cobble together the ideas that made up the law and the votes to pass it, what's so striking about what he's doing today, hat the white house is trying to unveil as something new this idea of trying to sell the benefits of the law. this is a law that passed in 2010 and they are still finding they have to go out and explain to people what is good about it. things like keeping young people on their parents' insurance until age 26. get people with pre-existing coverage. this something they have been trying to do for several years. if that message hasn't stuck then you wonder if they can get the poll numbers for both the president and this law up. >> john meacham. >> the conundrum is that when government works historically in american life it's because there's a universal benefit, at least for a given group. that is, it's not reform. it's an additional part. so you have social security, which was a universal benefit. medicar
and former president george w. bush. bill clinton and jimmy carter. nasty winter weather continuing to pound the east coast, snow, ice and freezing rain responsible for some 3200 flight cancellations yesterday. another 1300 today according to flight aware. dumping snow from west virginia as far east to new jersey. three new inductees into the baseball hall of fame today. major league managers joe torre, tony larissa and bobby cox elected to enter the hall in cooperstown, new york. the three managers winning eight world series championships. induction ceremonies will be held july 27. those are your headlines, now back to lori and adam. lori: we are continuing with our wish list theories with a sweet treat for you today. the co-owner of edwards chocolatier. bring them look at during this holiday season. welcome to you. do you do your highest volume of sales this time of year? >> yes, that is right. many do their biggest volume this time of year, december everybody is out there willing to go the extra mile and picked up the product. i really want to give it at the holiday party. lori: will they
, chris, because i was there when we went after bill clinton and people were accusing bill clinton of killing vince foster -- >> i know all that. >> clinton chronicles, killing people left and right. let me just say we were pretty savage, not me, but what right detector >> let me give you another example. >> pretty savage on bill clinton as much so as on barack obama. >> remember how al gore handled his defeat and the way supreme court addressed that issue and got the presidency for george w. bush. that's how our constitution works. al gore went out there and basically accepted that without complaint. al gore accepted the fact and then he won by 600,000 votes that w. was president. there were no legal challenges. there is an asymmetry between the hard right and the left. to say they are the same not true. >> there's an extraordinary speech by al gore that night and many observers thought if al gore had spoken that way over the campaign he probably would have won that election. >> if he had richard goodwin throughout the campaign instead of the concession speech it would have helped
president bill clinton will also plan to attend. we go live to johannesburg. robin, mandela's funeral will be held on sunday. family, dignitaries, they're all coming together. logistically that is going to be incredible. >> reporter: absolutely. i mean, this really is one of the biggest events we're seeing in recent history. and it's three days into a ten-day mourning period. sunday we're going to see more prayers being wrereconciliation memorials. the south african government is encouraging heads of state to come to this memorial in johannesburg than it is to get into the small remote town of gunu, the remote island where he will be buried. so all in all quite a busy schedule for south africans. also quite geographically spread out. gives chance for this whole country, people in different areas to be able to join in the memorials and pay their respects to nelson mandela. >> the man who brought south africa into the modern day. robyn, thank you so much. >> there's a statue of mandela in central london where mourners gathered in recent days. senior international correspondent matthew c
in air force i with president obama and the first lady to tuesday's memorial. former president bill clinton also plans to attend. both clinton and his wife, former secretary of state hillary clinton meat with mandela in his final years. former president jimmy carter will also travel to the memorial as part of the elders delegation, an international human rights group that is chaired by kofi annan. >> the white house has backed away from a reported statement made two years that president obama had never met an uncle who lives near boston. it turns out the president not only knew the uncle, he actually once lived with him. why all the confusion? here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: he's a 69-year-old man who lives outside of boston. the "boston globe" previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. now the white house press secretary said this -- >> the president said he stayed with his uncle for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready. >> reporter: he said he said with him for three weeks. why the different accounts? >> back when th
mandela was great friends with bill clinton and barack obama and he was friends with gaddafi and castro. he's like the man of the year, nelson mandela, the time of all this global strife he still has a role as healing agent, bringing different people together on stage. >> and that's in fact something that mandela's former personal assistant said, tomorrow people should all be honoring their relationship with madiba, if it means shaking hands with the enemy, yes, i would like to see that. that is what nelson mandela was and is bringing people together despite their differences. i guess that's the point is what could be more of a tribute to nelson mandela than people who'd normally would not talk, talking, and i'm not saying they have to be embracing or back slapping or even smiling, but talking. that would, i, might argue, be the greatest trigg tribute to nelson mandela that could you have at a nelson mandela memorial. >> you know how we have our state of the union addresses. and everybody watches the body language. obviously that's going to be a big part of the drama tomorrow is how cas
. bill clinton and jimmy carter also expected to attend the memorial but they are traveling separately. and a collection of troubling new obamacare developments tonight. the architect of the president's health care law moving along substantially when it comes to the president's impetus and false declaration that we could keep our doctors if we wanted to. here is ezekiel emanuel on fox news sunday. >> didn't they say if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor? >> yes. >> but if you want to pay more, you can do that. this is a matter of choice. and if you want to, you can pay for it. lou: he would be called an elitist for his remarks if he were a republican, so he gets away with it as a liberal. "the wall street journal" reporting that lower income individuals may be able to report on obamacare plans, but not the astronomical deductibles that will be required before the insurance kicks in. the average deductible for a so-called bronze plan on the exchange from the lower-priced coverage, is more than $5000 per year. that is more than 40% higher than the average deductible for an in
nixon, ronald reagan, bill clinton -- you look at their calendar and you can see what's important to them. even if you don't know anything about what was going on at that time, look at that calendar and you'll see what their priorities are. in the case of president obama, if you look at his calendar, there is no evidence whatsoever that is focused or has much interest in health care at all. >> they say that -- they went on to say they have a list of all their meetings. 277 private meetings with 16 other cabinet members. 277 with 16 other cabinetmakers -- cabinetmakers, they pretty much make their own cabinets in the white house. so that just shows a lack of focus, a lack of interest. it remind me of the fact that i remember when james woolsey was the director of the c.i.a. with bill clinton. he didn't have much interest in surveillance, intelligence and international affairs when he got started. it all changes and people used to say james woolsey never gets to see the president. it does play into a narrative we're beginning to see. it's beginning to show the president, even though
, quote: >> r eporter: former president bill clinton deliberately picked fights with far-left liberals to cast himself and the party as more mainstream. both parties face this. listen to a warning for his own party, democrats, from indiana u.s. senator even bye. >> i do think you're going to see a more activist, liberal wig of the democratic party, and you may see them playing the same role in democratic primary contests that the tea party has played on the republican side where you have anti-establishment, more ideologically pure, for lack of a better word, candidates running which then lead to less electable nominees. >> reporter: so centrists are warning the liberal progressives to be careful, and they're firing back today ought to just shut up. the gop's been wrestling with a lot of this sort of thing, and now on the eve of 2014, another midterm, it's clear democrats are going to be facing the same sort of attention and tension with their extreme left. jenna: interesting story, carl. we have more on it now, thank you. jon: let's talk about this growing rift within the democratic pa
, and another former first lady, hillary clinton. bill clinton, by the way, flies into johannesburg tomorrow. he had something else going on. i believe jake tapper is here with me. more on the -- what should we call this, the presidents' club? >> the most exclusive frequent flier club in the world, perhaps. bill clinton and chelsea clinton are down in rio doing an event and then they'll meet the rest of the family in johannesburg. this could be the biggest gathering of heads of state since the winston churchill funeral in 1965. it's amazing. what is also interesting, you would think sometimes it would get awkward on the flights. obama has spent a lot of time blaming things on his predecessor. >> you've got to wonder. >> but in reality, this long flights have actually forged some of the most longest-lasting friendships between former presidents, the former presidents club, that have ever happened. for instance, in 1999, bill clinton and george h.w. bush flew to king hussein's funeral, king hussein of jordan, and they formed a very strong bond on that long flight because when you think of it, ther
era -- remember that midterm election in bill clinton's first term, the republican revolution when they took the house for first time in a generation, the dozens of seats, that congress put the harry truman do-nothing congress to shame, passing only 88 laws in 1995. that is on record as the least productive congress in the united states, 1995. but now, oh, baby, usa! usa! new record! right now, john boehner's congress, this congress right now has passed fewer than 60 public laws in the whole year. unless some miracle happens in the roughly five minutes that john boehner plans to have congress working between now and the end of the year, we are about to set a new, all-time record, an all-time american record, since the history of our country, about to set a new all-time record for the size of the ratio between what we pay these guys and what they do. it's kind of easy to see what happened. i mean, if you spend all of your time and all of your effort saying you're going to repeal obama care, which is not actually going to happen, then that takes up time in which you could be actually
with messages from politicians, celebrities. bill clinton said he proved that there is freedom in forgiving and that a big heart is better than a closed mind and that life's real victories must be shared. he dedicated his life to a singular cause. a quest to free the black population of his homeland, and accomplishing that he freed south africa's white population and freed an entire nation and in freeing a nation, he freed the entire world. that's it for me. that's it for me. "ac 360" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> thanks, good evening everyone. we're devoting this hour to nelson mandela. very few people transformed their country. the crowd outside his house speak to that. ♪ ♪ >> sad news, there is a sense of celebration how far nelson mandela brought south africa and brought us all and
force one. also word that former president bill clinton will be there as well. he has been talking about nelson mandela's legacy. president clinton telling fox news's ed henry that mandela gave him advice during the monica lewinski scandal, interestingly enough. he says that mandela, who spent 27 years in prison, taught him not to hate his enemies. >> i said, didn't you hate those people when you went in? i seen the pictures of you as a young man. you were really mad. he said, i realized they could take everything from me, everything except my mind and my heart. those things i would have to give them, and he said i decided not to give them away. and he looked right at me and he said, "neither should you." the heat was really being turned up in congress, and mbeki looked at me and he said, madiba told me to give you a message. he said i have no earthly idea what it means, but you would know what it means. i said what did he tell you? he said i should remind you not to give them away. >> very interesting. and there are the two of them in nelson mandela's jail cell on robben island. preside
president bill clinton, he will also attend. cnn's robyn kurnow is live in johannesburg, it won't be easy for all of these dignitaries to get to the final resting place. >> reporter: absolutely. and it's also quite a packed schedule, what we're going to see is a day of remembrance, tomorrow, sunday, then tuesday there's a memorial service at a soccer stadium here outside johannesburg, the place where there was a world cup final a few years ago. that's where we are expecting to see most of the heads of state gather to pay their respects. then on wednesday, thursday, and friday nelson mandela is going to lie in state at the union buildings, the same place where he took office as the first black president of south africa in 1994. then saturday he's going to be flown to his hometown, home area in the eastern cape, and sunday he will be buried after a funeral in the hills under a tent in his -- in his home -- in his hometown, so that's going to be a very remote, rural family affair. and tuesday it's going to be more of a public affair. >> and besides the current and former u.s. presidents, a l
didnavdela but no doubt respected him. bill clinton, of course, very close. and president obama in a unique way, encouraged to go see him when he's still a senator. mandela encouraged to meet with this up-and-coming star in politics. and for our president to be so moved by mandela, to really have his own place in the civil rights struggle against apartheid i think makes it very meaningful. his presence will be significant. >> when it comes to president obama's presence on the international stage, we know he's talking about this potential for comprehensive agreement with iran yesterday. he said it's 50/50 or, frankly, it could be worse. his approval numbers very low here. when it comes to the international stage, how is his capital right now? >> i don't think it's exceedingly high. i think a lot of america's allies, particularly in the middle east from israel to some of the gulf countries think america has lost its nerve in some regard, particularly when it comes to confronting iran. so i think there is some difficulty with ourbili because our economic standing has some impact as well. it do
nelson mandela in 2005 when he was a senator. former presidents bill clinton and bush will also travel. >> what are the plans for the week ahead? >> south africa is preparing for a week of mourning for nelson mandela dying in his sleep on thursday. and as the flags fly around south africa sunday has been designated as a day of prayer and reflection. it comes as 52 million are asked to remember nelson mandela in their thoughts and prayers. the next most important day is tuesday the 10th. memorial service will be held at the soccer stadium, conceding 95,000 people. it was the site of a 2010 world cup final. it's as the kalabash. it's the form of a cooking pot. nelson mandela's body will lie in state at the union building in pretoria on wednesday and thursday. it's the official residets of the current president. there'll be many memorial services throughout the country. there'll be a state funeral. however, we have information because at the funeral nelson mandela's family and the world will say goodbye to the first black president and nobel peace prize lawyer yet. also attending will be
and former presidents, george w. bush, jimmy carter and bill clinton. >> a map who defended his imprisonment is speaking out about his leg as yip. when manned -- legacy. when nelson mandela was freed he insisted that he serve in the government. we talk about this unique relationsh relationship. >> this man helped to keep nelson mandela in gaol. and then he served under him. it was his task to defend the imprisonment of nelson mandela privately he long lobbied for nelson mandela's release. >> in june 1982 i submitted a memorandum prepared by my department, to the effect that nelson mandela ought to be released. we are making a martyr of him every day he stays in prison. that his international acclaim and status would grow to an extent where we would not be able to handle it. unfortunately at the time it was shot down. >> eight years later nelson mandela became a free man. here you had a man that spent 27 years in prison, and the day the - he displayed the energy to the person who has been a president before. amazing what insight in the minds of people and for that matter into world affairs. >
. two of them have been cleared to resume classes. >>> bill clinton recently sat down with cnn and talked about his wife's chances of running for president, joe biden, and his critique of obama care. >> is mrs. clinton running for president? >> i don't know. and i think, and she believes, that the country should spend at least another year working hard on the problems that we have. we have very serious challenges in american and responsibilities around the world. i think it's a big mistake this constant four-year complain. we need to deal with the business we have before us. >> what kind of president do you think vice president joe biden would make? >> if he runs and he's a nominee, i'll try to help him. i think the world of him. i think -- we've been friends. i first remember working with him when he was the chairman of the judiciary committee to the senate and i was a governor and he asked me to testify in a judicial hearing for him. and i had to file a testimony because i had to go to asia. but i've known him for years and years. and i have a very high opinion of him. i care
charged with illegal entry. former president bill clinton secured their release in 2009. now, u.s. officials and family members are being very careful, of course, not to say anything that could jeopardize the situation of the americans being held by the north koreans. wolf? >> let's hope both of them are released soon. thanks very much, barbara. >>> just ahead, rare access to the front lines of the battle for damascus. cnn takes you to the heart of syria's bloody civil war. >>> plus, an interesting gift choice. what the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu gave to pope francis today. ♪ ♪ ♪ i wanna spread a little love this year ♪ ♪ i wanna spread a little love and cheer ♪ [ male announcer ] this december, remember -- provocative design and exacting precision come together in one powerful package at the lexus december to remember sales event, with some of the best offers of the year on our most thrilling models. this is the pursuit of perfection. on our most thrilling models. every day we're working to and to keep our commitments. and we've made a big commitment
w. bush and bill clinton will join president obama at a memorial for nelson mandela next week as south africa mourns its former president's death. crowds outside his johannesburg home are singing their tributes. ♪ hundreds of people of all ages and colors are leaving candles, flowers, stuffed animals and balloons at the home of the civil rights icon. nelson mandela died thursday. he was 95 years old. when you talk about civil rights icons, the conversation ultimately turns to dr. martin luther king jr. well, dr. king never met nelson mandela. he did keep close tabs on the fight for equality in south africa. martin luther king iii said his constant fight for equality personified what me and my father often said, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." martin luther king iii joining me now. i'm quoting your dad. this is bringing so many people of all walks to reflect ton a giant man's life and the market that he left. >> yes, it is. he personified more than anything else and taught us the power of forgiveness. love and forgiveness was the essence of nelson mand
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bill clinton and hillary clinton also expected to attend. no word yet if the clintons will be flying on air force one with presidents obama and bush. we've just learned a spokesman for former president carter also telling nbc he is going to south africa as part of the elders delegation. he will not be on air force one with the obamas. new today in politics, president obama is scheduled to speak this hour about u.s.-israeli relations in the current environment. part of a forum sponsored by the saban center at the brookings institute. other speakers include secretary of state john kerry, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. new today, the president is calling on congress to extend unemployment benefits set to expire on december 28th. >>. >> the nonpartisan congressional budget office predicted allowing them to expire will be a drag on economic growth next year. a report by the department of labor and my council of economic advisors estimated could cost businesses 240,000 jobs. and without the ability to feed their families or pay the bills, many people currently looking for work
. presidents barack obama, george w. bush, and bill clinton will attend some of the services scheduled for this week. we don't have the exact time line or schedule, but they plan to be here. we will have much more from here but i know you're tracking breaking news in the state, erica. back to you. >> thank you, lester. >>> today's top story. the american veteran merrill newman will be home are his family in california in a matter of house. he has been held prison in north korea for weeks. late last night he was relieved and quickly began that trip home. ian williams is tracking the developments for us this morning from beijing. ian, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. merrill newman is now a free man after north korea deported him on the first available fleight out of pyongyang. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk government has gave me to be on my way. >> reporter: he also said that he was particularly grateful to the north koreans for releasing him and he was looking forward to seeing his wife. the north koreans said they leaved him
that it was sufficiently long. and then maybe two years later, must have been '92, i introduced him to bill clinton, and i looked at some photographs later and realized that the president, that is clinton, is slightly taller than nelson mandela. so that means that in my mind, he was ten feet tall. >> of course. >> that's why i was concerned. >> what was that like when you went to jfk to meet him? >> oh, it's clearly one of the greatest moments in my life. our son reminds me that it has to be second to his birth and maybe even his sister's. but it was a great moment. i and my bride, we were just enthralled as he descended the steps of that plane. he'd come from canada. we were just so moved. and to have him in gracie mansion, the singular thing about him is his total absence of bitterness. and all the time. because keep in mind we were with him at quiet moments, playing with our granddaughter, who was born in february of that year. he was always the same. i remind people that he was interviewed by ted koppel on "nightline." ted leaned in. he's a tough interviewer. he said, mr. mandela, about the communists
on the plane. president bill clinton and jimmy carter are traveling separately. president george herbert walker bush is the only living president not to attends. the 89-year-old is no longer able to travel long distances and certainly is one, even though it is on air force one all the way to south africa. >>> welcome back. the live tv broadcast of "the sound of music" may have struck ratings gold with more than 18 million viewers. but some critics weren't so good especially about carrie underwood's performance. some parodied the show. ♪ a song is when you put notes together in a certain order ♪ ♪ notes you made with your mouth and that's music. does that make sense? >> no! >> joining us right now with the pulse on hollywood, 'cause he's got everybody's pulse, mario lopez. mr. everything. >> good to see you. >> i love hanging out with you. >> thanks for getting out of an icy dallas to be with us. >> i got very lucky. i don't know how i made it in and made it out. >> you almost didn't. >> fortunately, it was meant to be for me to be here. worked out. >> so we showed that clip of carrie unde
't disagree. >> i'm appealing to you, stand up and be -- >> i'm sitting down -- >> i think bill clinton was a republican. are you sure he was a democrat? >> i have no idea. >> senator kerrey will be with us for the rest of the program. >> do you want to be called senator or governor? >> you can call me bob. >> he wants to be senator. don't call anyone governor. >> walking dead, don't spoil it. >>> up next, dow chemical announces significant revamp, joining us after the break. and later this morning, what brown can do for you this holiday season. we hear from the cfo of u.p.s. about how to handle the holiday rush. >>> dow >>> dow chemical has announced its intention to sell part of the commodity chemicals business representing up to $5 billion in total revenue. and joining us now is the president, chairman and ceo of the dow chemical company. andrew, it's good to see you. and we always kind of grapple with this. business is attractive to someone. it's a commodities business. a good business, a steady business. why is it attractive to someone other than dow? why is it more attractive to t
debate inside the democratic party. you have the centrist democrats of the bill clinton era that were always closest to business. then you have someone who is fixated and focused on addressing this issue of inequality over the course of this presidency. this is a fascinating political and policy speech. >> when you're heading into a midterm does that indicate this could be a tough issue for some democrats in tough re-election battles. >> it could. this is not an issue swing voters are necessarily focused on. this is about the democratic base, social justice, issues that rile up the base. to some extent, i think the president is trying to get enthusiasm from his base. you have today and the last couple of weeks protests around the cover over the issue of minimum wage and fast food. >> timely. >> this is timely, cutting edge, coupled with a push to raise the minimum wage which appears to the base. there are political risks for the president. he's framing this as a moral issue. you have a fascinating dynamic. the super rich and the middle class, stock market all-time but poverty also at
service tomorrow. they'll be joined by jimmy carter, bill clinton, and george w. bush. nbc's lester holt is in soweto with more on this. lester, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. what an emotional few days it's been. we're outside the mandela house. it's the house he came home to after his release from prison in 1990. a lot of folks will be lining up tonight for the privilege to be at the stadium and at the memorial service but like the 50 or 60 some odd world leaders coming, none of them were invited. this is going to be an event on a scale rarely seen in any country and it shows how beloved and respected nelson mandela was across this planet. this morning they are hard at work preparing johannesburg's 90,000 seat fnb stadium for tomorrow's public memorial. a potential security and logistics nightmare as scores of world leaders and luminaries ranging from heads of states to rock stars to business tycoons gather to pay their respects to nelson mandela. ♪ since news of his death broke on thursday, south africans have engaged in a virtual nonstop salute and celebratio
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